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SAFIR - RIFAS

Death clothed as Maiden

Artist: SAFIR - RIFAS

Title: Death clothed as Maiden

Date: 2019

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimension (cm):

L 34,5

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H 50

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Death clothed as Maiden, is a work of Safir-Rifas’s collection.

Death clothed as Maiden. This work was inspired by Gustave Klimt’s “Death and Life” painting. Life and death merge in this painting through the existential circle, and also, if we want to be indifferent in the face of death, sooner or later we will have to deal with it. The history of the relationship between death and woman is still a very current subject today. There is a strong magnetism that draws towards the sickly refinement of the transposition of the ugly and the evil. Art is no exception and in some cases develops into a genre that sells like freshly baked bread: the sad cinematic comedy of “Death by sex”. The kiss of death is a trophy, as if the woman is not the bearer of life, but of death and as if in it one tries to unite the two extremes of a straight line, love and death. The painting depicts a beautiful woman lying on a bed and next to her is death lying upside down, holding a flute, the legendary musical instrument of Orpheus that tamed any beast. The painting is an analogy of how women were classified from ancient times; a goddess of life or death.

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